Saturday, January 2, 2016

Reflecting and Remembering..... 2015

In July of 2011 I heard the first whispers of God to begin the journey of adopting Jaelynn. Once we were confident that we were hearing Him correctly we began the paperwork that would bring her home in just a little over a year. Life was a whirlwind and we THOUGHT that once we had her home things would slow down and we would have normalcy. Boy was I wrong! That first year at home brought many appointments with specialists, surgeries, and adjustments for everyone.

This year has been no exception for our family as the whirlwind continues! In 2015 we welcomed two new members to our our family. No, we haven't adopted again, our oldest two children were married. Katie married Cole last January. They had a beautiful wedding and are getting ready to celebrate their first anniversary already. Matthew married Rebecca on November 7 in a secret garden themed wedding. It was a magical day! We are so thankful for Cole and Rebecca and for the relationship we have with them. It is a great thing when you love and get along with the one God has given your child. It makes letting them go a lot easier.  Thank you Cole for loving our daughter and for making her laugh, we don't take that for granted. And thank you Rebecca for loving our son and supporting him as you both seek Gods direction for the future.

Abby became a teenager this year. I find it so hard to believe she is 13 already. I'm thankful for her sweet easy going personality and her sensitivity to the Lord. She enjoyed her first missions trip in June to Nicaragua. I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for her in the future.

Jaelynn turned 9 the day after Christmas. She is growing up quickly. She had a big back surgery in September. This was one of the toughest surgeries as far as pain goes, but that has gotten much better. Her back is still healing. She will follow up with the orthopedic surgeon soon and have X-rays to check things out and be sure everything is healing well... I have a few concerns. We also found out that she has mild sleep apnea and will need to have her tonsils and adenoids removed. We had scheduled it for the end of January, but with the doctors approval we decided to wait until summer. Missing a lot of school and making up work is tough!

David and I celebrated 25 years of marriage in June. Where has the time gone? We celebrated by going on a cruise.... Just the two of us (thanks Katie and Cole for keeping the girls!). We had such a great time! Marriage is such a wonderful gift and I'm so very thankful for my husband and best friend. God has been so good to us!

I'm so thankful God writes our stories because this is so much better than anything I could have written. Now I'll sit back and anxiously await the next chapter. 😊